The Sindh Minister for Culture and Tourism Syed Sardar Ali Shah has said that his department is making sincere efforts to promote the culture of the province by organizing the festivals in various parts of the province. Speaking to the concluding session of Laar Festival Mr. Shah said that despite some technical faults at proposed site at Sardharo temple in the lap of the beautiful hills, Sindh government on his request tried his best but were not allowed to provide the facility due to its closeness with Indian border.
Talking about the culture, civilization and history of lower Sindh, he said history of Sindh and the whole region would be totally incomplete if Laar was excluded from it. Mr. Shah observed that Laar festival should have been organized much before but it was good that his department managed to hold the event after 26 years. He told that Badin district was not among the list of endowment fund but he had reshuffled the committee structure so that the ailing singers and artists and poets could be financially helped adding he said the department had increased the stipend from Rs 36,000 to Rs 60,000 every year to the ailing artists.
He deplored the fact that his department could not organize the program on the death anniversary of renowned historian and writer of hundreds of the books, Sheikh Mohammad Soomar. “ The efforts and great services of late Sheikh to highlight the culture and history of lower can never be neglected as he was giant of Sindhi literature as well as the founder of Laar Museum” added Mr. Shah. He said not only the remaining salaries of the staffers of the museum would be paid their process of the regularization of their jobs was underway.